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04/29/2014

What Grilled Cheese Jesus Has to Do with Randomized Trials of Healthcare Interventions

grilled cheese JesusI was recently interviewed on NPR’s marketplace by Dan Gorenstein. He did a really nice story on the kind of bravery it takes for health care opinion leaders to put their ideas to the test of a randomized trial, when the world is already ready to pay them huge amounts of money to promote their work. Check out the story, and see how I managed to fit in a reference to grilled cheese Jesus.

Driving to a big data conference a few weeks back, Dr. Jeffrey Brenner brought his compact SUV to a full stop – in the middle of a short highway entrance ramp in downtown Philadelphia.

He shrugged, a grin playing at the corner of his mouth.

“Wait for the car in front of you to go, and then gun it,” he told me.

As we picked up speed, I could only watch as we headed straight for traffic down below. Brenner laughed. And we end up merging pretty seamlessly.

“Sitting at the other end of the ramp as 50-mile-an-hour traffic goes flying by you,” he said. “You can’t get on the highway. You have to try something different, right?” …(Read more at Marketplace)

 

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